Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned L.A. Police Officer, rarely playing by the rules and haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to question the loyalties of everyone around him.
|Release Date||:||April 10, 2008|
|Genres||:||Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Fox Searchlight Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Dune Entertainment III, Emmett/Furla Films|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Jamie Moss, Kurt Wimmer, James Ellroy|
|Casts||:||Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Chris Evans, Hugh Laurie, Martha Higareda, Cedric the Entertainer, Naomie Harris, Common, Angela Sun, Cle Shaheed Sloan, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Michael Monks, Jay Mohr, Terry Crews, Game, Kate Clarke, John Corbett, Amaury Nolasco, Noel Gugliemi, Michael Monks, Clifton Powell, Daryl Gates, Kenneth Choi, Wally Rudolph, Garret Sato, Kerry Wong, Aaron McPherson, Paul Anthony Barreras, Yonda Davis, Siobhan Parisi, Emilio Rivera, Michael D. Roberts, Kami Jones, Jernard Burks, Kevin Benton, Amy Dudgeon, Genesis Codina, Michaela Pereira, Jaime FitzSimons, Joanne Chew, Kel Ann Hsieh, Patrick Gallagher, Kirstin Pierce, Carlos Amezcua, David Ayer, Candice A. Buenrostro, Daniel Van Dyke, Masen Faison|
|Plot Keywords||:||corruption, captain, ghetto, machinegun, police, alcoholism, murder, shootout, undercover cop, dirty cop, los angeles, violence, widower, police funeral, neo-noir|
This is a real find - one of those sneaky films that slipped through the box office and past the critics, despite being a great movie. I'm sure it will find it's audience though, because it's class all the way.
Keanu puts in one of his best performances and seems to be only improving with age. I know he cops a lot of flack for his performances at times but understated doesn't always mean wooden. He is capable of great subtlety, if you care to pay attention. If the guy looked like Sean Penn instead of Keanu Reeves, I'm sure he would get more credit than he does.
The support cast are superb. Hugh Laurie is particularly noteworthy, laying on the smarm.
Gritty, compelling and gutsy. If you yearn for a return to the hard-edged cop movie, don't miss this hidden treasure.